SPECIAL THANKS to Dr. Francesco Cesareo, President of the College, who offered his congratulations!
Assumption 30, Fordham 24
BRONX, N.Y. ---Senior quarterback ANDREW KUPEC (Wyckoff, NJ/Indian Hills) completed 27-of-38 passes for 279 yards and two touchdowns and senior wide receiver DAVID CANNEY (Templeton, MA/Narragansett) caught a team-record 16 passes for 163 yards leading undefeated Assumption College past Fordham University, 30-24, in a non conference football game here SATURDAY ay Jack Coffey Field before a homecoming crowd of 5,135.
A Kupec four-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver MARCUS NICHOLS (Salem, NJ/Salem) (6 receptions, 71 yards) with 5:41 left put the Hounds in front to stay and a 34-yard field goal by junior placekicker BRIAN NOWAK (Wayland, MA/Wayland) made it a six-point game with 25 seconds left.
The win gives the Greyhounds their second win over a FSC (N.C.A.A. Division I Football Subdivision Championship) program in three weeks . . . they beat Wagner College, 24-9, September 11. The 4-0 start for the team is the best for the Hounds since they opened 5-0 in 1994. This is the first season in which the team has registered two wins over Division I opponents.
The win is especially meaningful for Greyhounds head coach CORY BAILEY (Norwood, MA/Xaverian), who was a former standout player for the Rams from 1994-97.
The Greyhounds will play at Southern Connecticut State University Friday at 7 p.m. in a crucial Northeast-10 Conference game. The Owls are 2-2 overall however 2-0 in the conference.
Canney in his march through the Greyhound record book has now caught 198 passes for 2,470 yards and 18 touchdowns (tied the record today co-held by Eric Mauer, 1997-00).
The Rams started quickly driving 67 yards in four plays. Sophomore quarterback BLAKE WAYNE (Concord, CA/De La Salle) (16-for-27 for 117 yards) connected on back-to-back plays for 23 and 39 yards to senior wide receiver JASON CALDWELL (Baltimore, MD/St. Paul’s (Wyoming Seminary) (6 receptions, 35 yards). Senior running back XAVIER MARTIN (Staten Island, NY/Xaverian) finished the drive with two carries including a one-yard plunge for the touchdown. Sophomore placekicker PATRICK MURRAY (Mahwah, NJ/Don Bosco Prep) kicked the conversion for a 7-0 lead with 13:55 left in the period.
Then the Greyhounds drove 63 yards in seven plays on the ensuing series to tie it 7-7. Kupec completed five straight passes for 50 yards including a 36-yarder on the first play to Nichols and to then a second to Canney for seven yards and the score on the final play. Nowak kicked the conversion.
The Greyhounds would take the lead 14-7 completing a 90-yard 18-play drive in an amazing 11:13. They converted three third downs in the march as Kupec found Canney for 17 yards, rushed four yards for another and then found Canney for another 15 yards. Senior running back LANCE MITCHELL (Boynton Beach, FL/Pope John Paul II) slanted off right tackle for the score and Nowak made the conversion.
Fordham came back to make it 14-10 with Murray kicking a 46-yard field goal to cap a nine-play, 44-yard drive with 9:46 left in the half. Nowak then kicked a 24-yard field goal for the Greyhounds finishing off a 16-play, 74-yard drive with 6:35 left in the half. Caldwell rambled 27 yards on a reverse to tie the game 17-17 (with Murray’s conversion) with just over two minutes left in the half.
The second half began with the Greyhounds doing what they do best---controlling the football for 9:28 in a 16-play, 58-yard march finished off with a Nowak 22-yard field goal for a 20-17 advantage.
Fordham came back to retake the lead, 24-20, driving 72 yards in 16 plays. Martin scored the touchdown on a one-yard plunge and Murray kicked the conversion.
The go-ahead score for the Greyhounds capped a 12-play, 69-yard drive. Kupec completed nine-of-11 passes in the series including an 18 yarder to Canney and a 12-yarder to sophomore wide receiver PAUL PEREZ (Brooklyn, NY/Xaverian, NY).
On the ensing series Wayne completed a fourth-down pass to Martin however Greyhound cornerback DAN CONRAD (Holden, MA/Saint Peter Marian) made a big stop giving his team the ball at the Fordham 46.
After two first downs . . . an 11-yard scamper by Mitchell and a Kupec to-Nichols pass for 10 yards . . . the Hounds settled for a 34-yard field goal by Nowak with 25 seconds left.
Martin then returned the kickoff 31 yards to the Assumption 47 and then Wayne completed a 22-yard pass to Caldwell to make things interesting. The game ended with a Wayne pass flying over the outstretched hands of senior tight end STEPHEN SKELTON (El Paso, TX/Burges) in the back of the end zone.
GREYHOUND NOTES: the Greyhounds had a 26-15 advantage in first downs including 15 via the pass . . . there were no turnovers in the game . . . the Hounds who have punted just five times all season had one . . . the Hounds held a incredible team-record 43:39-16:21 advantage in time of possession . . . they converted 3-for-3 fourth-down situations and scored in all six of their red zone opportunities . . . junior placekicker BRIAN NOWAK (Wayland, MA/Wayland) has now made 15-of-15 conversion kicks and seven-of-eight field goal attempts . . . and averages 41.5 yards per punt . . . senior wide receiver DAVID CANNEY (Templeton, MA/Narragansett) has 45 receptions for 504 yards and three touchdowns this season . . . senior running back HERBERT WOODARD (Salem, NJ/Salem), who played sparingly and had 11 carries to become the first Hound over 600 attempts for his career (601) . . . he needs 55 yards for 3,000 yards in his career . . . senior/captain/lineback ETHAN MAXFIELD (Newport, NH/Newport) led the Hounds with 2-5--7 tackles . . . senior quarterback ANDREW KUPEC (Wyckoff, NJ/Indian Hills) has now gone a team-record 169 consecutive passes without interception (dating back to last year) . . .